Activities to support toddler's development

Toddler’s show development in different age stages as they grow up and these are the areas they show development; physical, mental, social & emotional, learning, general knowledge, language and communication. The very first care and then education a child receives is during infancy when parents choose to enroll their children to either an in-home daycare or child care center just before actually starting a school at an age where learning ability is fully developed.

What types of activities are usually used in developing children’s physical abilities?

There may be indoor or outdoor activities to help children to growing healthier and stronger muscles. There are many activities that will help to boost physical abilities of toddlers because first these muscles are built. Here are some examples that help these muscles like; going out for a walk, throwing and catching a ball in the playground, dancing and clapping to songs, stretching out exercises offered at the daycare like yoga etc., rope jump, pulling and pushing, climbing, swimming, running.

How can we support a child to build a strong mental and emotional capacity?

Mental and emotional development in children progress as they grow older. A baby’s brain at first shows minimum capacity memory is weak and gets stronger when reached older, younger children have much more curiosity while attending daycare than compared to when they reach elementary school. Another emotional fear they have is usually when they are dropped off at a child care center toddlers cry, refuse to eat or sleep but as they grow older and build stronger emotions and become aware of what they like and hate or what’s right and wrong they tend to express themselves much more clear which shows progress in emotional development. Teachers can help support toddlers cognitive capacity at the daycare by playing certain games and doing activities with the children like, repetitive games, counting, puzzles, using shapes and colors etc.

What are some teaching tips to make learning easier for toddlers?

5 senses are important when it comes to exploring and learning. It makes it much more fun and when actually using senses children can learn faster because they are at a stage of life where they want to discover themselves rather than parents or teachers giving them information because they do quite often find it boring just sitting and looking at a book held by a parent or a blackboard at school having to concentrate when they actually want to be free and play around and learn themselves. Often times daycares provide an exciting curriculum in which toddlers can play and learn at the same time. This way, teachers do not have to worry about having the toddlers to focus.

Activities that can be done by using 5 senses to teach toddlers new things

  • Sound: You can play songs to teach them new words and make sounds by creating arts and crafts activities.
  • Taste: You can have a bunch of different ingredients, spices and select a number of foods and as they learn nutrition and health they can experience new tastes while having quick bites .
  • Touch: They can learn the letters by creating posters and designing the letters of their names. Gives them the chance to explore and learn the alphabet by actually feeling the shape of the letters.
  • Sight: Take children outdoors or on a little field trip and let them explore insects, colors, animals, plants and teach them the importance of the sense of their eyes.
  • Smell: You can introduce them to a variety of odors by bringing in food or filling up jars with different smells and teaching them what they are.

How important is language during early childhood education?

Learning a language is easier at an early age rather than during a later stage of life. Children are more open to discovering new sounds and new words they adapt much more quick than a girl in her 20ies. Actually bilingual children learn pretty fast. It’s easier when a toddler actually needs to use speech as a tool to communicate in a foreign language so when parents of a toddler move to another country where a language other than mother tongue is used they become aware of the urge and importance of having to learn and use the words to be able to be understood by others and they adapt much faster to a new language.